Q&A: How to deal with mystery flower

H aurantiacum, also known as Fox and Cubs, fears nothing.
H aurantiacum, also known as Fox and Cubs, fears nothing.
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It’s a herb, although not one normally grown in a herb bed.

H aurantiacum fears nothing. Frost can’t deter this attractive member of the daisy family. It can grow in gravelly and acidic soils, full sun, part shade, dry conditions and very wet conditions. It’s a plant which can make the most of just about any site and situation – and come out on top.

H aurantiacum has been found on roadsides, grasslands, pastures, open forests, alpine meadows and other mountain habitats. In Australia, it has been described as a ‘sleeper weed’ - a weed that spreads significantly and grows significantly in population over many years (usually 50+ years) after naturalisation.

You can either let it continue to flower (the blooms are very pretty) but stop it from spreading by removing the fluffy seedheads before they have chance to do their job – or pull it up whenever and wherever it appears.